At the Southampton Boat Show we received lots of enquiries about accessories that would work well with MaxMon but we don't currently supply. So we've brought a bunch into our fiendish laboratories for testing. Right now we're just letting you know which accessories we're looking at but watch this space (or join our Mailing list) to see which make it into our online shop.

MaxMon doesn't really require installation: most of our systems are left out on tables or hidden behind potted plants. But in this article we'd like to showcase an awesome installation by one of our ingenious customers. TerryD uses MaxMon to remotely monitor his boat in Ibiza, from the UK, and has hidden MaxMon away in a cabinet using a simple plywood mounting board, velcro, a fuse box and a few cable ties. We think it's a work of art and a wonderful case study!

MaxMon is a UK manufacturing startup based in Oxfordshire. It develops and sells a low-cost product that enables owners to watch over their valuable remote properties from anywhere in the world. It's an interesting story for two reasons: firstly, because it was invented in the UK by boat owner Dr. Martin Lambert, to monitor and prevent damage to his Beneteau sailing boat, and secondly because of its unusual approach to reducing the cost of remote monitoring.

To monitor a remote property using MaxMon you need reasonably reliable WiFi or mobile reception inside that property. Unfortunately this is not always easy. A classic example is narrowboats, which are essentially big metal boxes floating on water (see Faraday Cage). But there are straightforward and relatively inexpensive ways to extend external WiFi networks and mobile phone networks to the interior of your property, using readily available network components.

Don't worry if you're not interested in monitoring boats - all MaxMon alerts have the same look and feel. See below for a real-world alert from a MaxMon Quatropus-T4 system left on a boat in a marina over the winter. The owner lives almost three hours away from the marina.

This isn't about comparing the latest Samsung with the latest iPhone. It's about the fact that there are incredibly cheap but feature-packed Android phones, like the Samsung Galaxy Y or LG Optimus L3, which can be used for interesting new applications like remote monitoring and control of homes or rental properties, boats in marinas, or even elderly relatives living alone - where an iPhone would be far too costly.